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Andy Craven scored three goals and assisted on another for North Carolina in a 6-0 victory over James Madison in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Thursday night from Fetzer Field.
North Carolina (13-5-1) will face 10th-seed Charlotte on Sunday at 2 p.m.
It took nearly the entire first half for Carolina to break loose of the Dukes’ compacted setup, but when Craven found the back of the net in the 42nd minute it broke open the floodgates for the home-standing Tar Heels.
The lead remained 1-0 into intermission, but doubled to 2-0 just 89 seconds into the second half when Rob Lovejoy cleaned up a deflection off the initial shot from Craven in the 47th minute.
The second goal seemed to unhinge the Dukes as their captain Josh Grant was shown a straight-red card only 15 seconds after Lovejoy scored his third goal of the year.
Down to 10 men, Craven took immediate advantage by beating the goalie one-on-one for a 3-0 lead in the 54th minute.
Craven converted his second “hat trick” of the year when Alan Winn set him up for his 14th goal of the season in the 70th minute. The first team All-ACC selection is now just one goal shy of the national lead held by Neco Brett of Robert Morris and Cameron Porter of Princeton.
UMBC Advances Past Wake Forest on Penalty Kicks
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – After 110 minutes of scoreless action, UMBC advanced 3-2 in penalty kicks over Wake Forest on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Wake Forest finishes the season with a 10-7-2 record while UMBC (12-5-4) moves on to face Maryland on Sunday in the second round.
In a tight contest, each team had several chances throughout regulation and in two overtime periods though neither side could score.
UMBC took a 3-1 lead in the penalty shootout until Jacori Hayes converted and goalkeeper Alec Ferrell stopped the fifth attempt for the Retrievers. Jared Odenbeck’s attempt in the fifth round of the shootout hit the crossbar, leading to UMBC advancing.